LOS ANGELES – Washington (11-9, 4-5) earned a big road win Friday night, knocking off UCLA (10-12, 4-6), 70-58. The Dawgs used an outstanding defensive effort and a balanced scoring attack to earn their first win in Pauley Pavilion since 2002.
Washington finished with four players in double figures, while holding the Bruins to just 32.8 percent shooting and just 3-12 from 3-point range.
The Huskies got off to a sluggish start, missing their first six shots and trailing, 6-0. It didn’t last long, however, as Mercedes Wetmore got the offense going with a baseline drive and perfect pass to Katie Collier for a layup. The Dawgs would then get hot, using a 10-0 run to build a lead that they would not relinquish.
Kelsey Plum made a pair of 3-pointers during the early run, but the Dawgs shot just 4-25 from distance for the game. Instead, Washington used great ball movement to drive it and get the ball inside. The Dawgs also got to the foul line where they converted 22 of 28 attempts.
Wetmore was the catalyst for the Husky attack, scoring a season-best 14 points on 5-7 shooting, while adding four assists. Plum had a team-high 21 points, despite an off shooting night by getting to the line and knocking down 13-16.
Talia Walton added 12 points, getting some big buckets in the second half as the Bruins tried to get back in the game. Instead, UCLA would get no closer than nine as the Dawgs had an answer for every mimi-run that UCLA would go on.
Jazmine Davis was the fourth Husky in double figures with 10 points, leaving her just four shy of 1,500 for her career.
Aminah Williams led a strong rebounding effort from Washington with 11 boards, while Walton added nine to just miss a double-double. Chantel Osahor came off the bench to pull down eight rebounds, while being disruptive on defense with four steals and three blocks. In all, the Huskies forced 17 turnovers, scoring 19 points off Bruin miscues.
Washington will now have a quick turnaround after playing the late game Friday night. The Dawgs face USC (14-8, 7-3) on Sunday at 11 a.m. live on the Pac-12 Networks. The Dawgs will look to get back even in conference with a win.